Essure: Permanent sterilization for women - Ahwatukee Foothills News: Community Focus

Essure: Permanent sterilization for women

Print
Font Size:
Default font size
Larger font size

Related Stories

Posted: Wednesday, July 4, 2012 5:00 pm | Updated: 10:32 am, Wed Sep 26, 2012.

While women have many options for birth control, Essure ranks among the safest and most effective means of permanent birth control.

This simple in-office procedure that requires only light sedation and/or a local anesthetic entails inserting a nickel alloy device through the cervix and into each fallopian tube. Over the course of a few months, scar tissue forms around the devices and, in turn, seals off the tubes.

After approximately 90 days, a confirmatory test is performed to verify sterilization. This follow-up test involves injecting a special dye through the cervix into the uterine cavity and watching for signs of dye leakage from the tubes. If no leakage is detected, then the procedure is considered successful and permanent sterilization is confirmed.

In the roughly five years it has been commercially available, Essure has reported a less than 1 percent failure rate, making it even more effective than laparoscopic sterilization.

Essure is available to most women, regardless of age. However, candidates must have a fairly normal uterine anatomy with no nickel allergies.

The procedure, which takes about five minutes to perform in a physician’s office, is associated with minimal downtime. Patients are generally able to return to work the following day with little to no pain or need for pain medication.

Essure cannot be reversed. Make sure sterilization is your objective before considering this permanent form of birth control.

• Dr. Brock Jackson is an OB/GYN on staff at Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center. For more information on this topic, talk with your doctor, or call Jackson’s Ahwatukee office at (480) 759-9191.

More about

More about

  • Discuss

Jordan Burroughs at ASU

Olympic Gold Medalist Jordan Burroughs finishes up a days work out after a U.S. World Team tra...

Facebook

ahwatukee.com on Facebook

Twitter

ahwatukee.com on Twitter

RSS

Subscribe to ahwatukee.com via RSS

RSS Feeds

Spacer4px

Jordan Burroughs at ASU

Olympic Gold Medalist Jordan Burroughs finishes up a days work out after a U.S. World Team tra...

Sonoran Science Academy Ahwatukee - 2014 Kinder Graduation
'Irreplaceable' Trailer

"Irreplaceable," explores the question "what is family?"

Online poll

Loading…